South Hilo Crime Report: July 20–26

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Hawai‘i Police Department’s South Hilo Community Police responded to three burglaries, six vehicle thefts and seven vehicle break-ins in South Hilo over the seven-day period from July 20 to 26, 2018.

Of the six vehicles reported stolen, three had been recovered at the time of this report.


1. On July 20, an employee for a business on Aupuni Street reported that when she got to work she found a front office door ajar. The employee discovered one missing laptop from her office, one missing laptop taken from the office supply room locker and one video camera from the conference room. Video surveillances revealed a male and female enter the office entrance at 1:42 am, and exiting at 3:02 a.m. The two suspects in the video surveillance were identified by officers as: Jasarae ANDERSON- LETRETA, F-21 and Samson MAHU, M-20 from prior encounters. Both suspects were located and arrested at an abandoned business building on July 22, in Hilo. After investigators obtained a search warrant, one of the laptops was recovered at that location. Jasarae ANDERSON-LETRETA and Samson MAHU were both charged with Burglary 2 and Theft 2. Bail for each was set at $4,000.

Samson Mahu. HPD Photo

Jasarae Anderson-Letreta. HPD photo

2. On July 23, at 2:15 am, there was a report of an alarm to a business located near the 100 block on Wiwoole Street. While making checks of the building, officers located a window at the front of the business with a screen and four jalousies removed. The business owner made an inventory of the business and found the safe with an undetermined amount of cash was stolen.

3. Between July 22, at 9 pm and July 23 at 6:45 am, unknown suspect(s) entered a residence located near the 400 block on Todd Ave without permission. This after the homeowner noticed that both his vehicles were missing from his open carport. Upon checking the residence, it was found that the vehicle keys were missing along with multiple items from within the residence. The homeowner told officers that he allowed two male parties he only knew by their first names of “Gian” and “G” to enter his house during the evening on July 22 to stay overnight. The owner changed his mind and asked the two parties to leave for unknown reasons.


Vehicles described as:

  • 1.Silver 2017 Kia Soul bearing Hawai‘i license plate ZFK183. Not located.*
  • 2. Gray 2006 Mercedes Benz cls 500c bearing Utah license plate E365RR. Locatedon July 25.*


*See above for the two vehicles stolen from 400 block on Todd Ave.

3. Between July 22, at 10:30 p.m. and July 23 at 4:30 a.m., unknown suspect(s) re- moved a 1997 Toyota 4runner, plates ZEX914, from a parking lot on Keawe Street. Vehicle located on July 25, 2018.

4. Between July 23, at 9:30 p.m. and July 24 at 8 a.m., unknown suspects(s) had removed a 2017 Toyota Tacoma bearing plates ZFZ089 from an open carport garage of a home located on Waenakonu Street. Truck located on July 23, 2018.


5. On July 25 between 9 a.m. and 4:40 p.m., unknown suspect(s) had removed a gold 2001 Toyota 4runner bearing plates JGV181 from a business parking lot located near the 100 block on Puainako Street. Vehicle not located.

6. On July 26 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., unknown suspect(s) removed a black 2000 Toyota 4runner bearing plates ZEV209 from a business parking lot near the 100 block on Puainako Street. Vehicle not located.


  1. On July 24, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., a 2014 Hyundai 4dsd, was broken into while parked on Keokea Loop near the entrance to Browns Beach. Unknown suspect(s) had smashed out the right rear window to the vehicle, removing two purses.
  2. On July 25, between 3:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m., a red Jeep wrangler was broken into while parked in the rear parking on Lihiwai Street. The rear driver’s side window had been smashed to gain entry. A black and red back pack, a Samsung camera, a DJI phantom drone and a phone car charger was stolen.
  3. On July 25, between 3:15 a.m. and 7 a.m., a Jeep Wrangler was broken into while parked in the rear parking lot on Lihiwai Street. Unknown suspect(s) made forcible entry by breaking the rear passenger side window, and removed various personal belongings.
  4. On July 25, between 11:35 a.m. and 11:54 a.m., an unknown male party had gained entry into a 2003 Toyota Tacoma without permission while it was parked in a business parking lot located at 50 Puainako Street. The unknown responsible had “punched” in the locking mechanism of the driver side door to gain entry. Unknown if anything was removed.
  5. On July 26, at 12 p.m., Sirena OSUNA, F-26, was arrested for the offense of UCPV (Unauthorized Control of a Propelled Vehicle) and UEMV (Unauthorized Entry Motor Vehicle) 1st, this after M-57, stated he was working at a business on Hawai‘i Belt Road when he observed OSUNA in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, described as a 2006 Gray Ford F-150. M-57 stated he called out to the female to exit his truck at which time he heard his truck start (M-57 stated he left his key in the area of the driver’s seat). M-57 then ran to the truck at which time OSUNA removed the detach- able rear view mirror and shoved it in his face.

    Sirena Osuna. HPD Photo.

M-57 stated that OSUNA drank his water bottle and shuffled his hats around the vehicle, and that a red solar Casiowatch was removed which was located on OSUNA’s right wrist. Per M-57, OSUNA did not have permission to be within the vehicle, remove items or exert control of it. OSUNA was charged for the offenses, and her bail was set at $3,000.



The Hawai‘i Police Department asks motorists to drive safely.

The HPD also asks residents and visitors alike to take the role as an observer: Watch for suspicious activity and notifying the police. You can make a difference!

Anyone wanting to start or be part of a neighborhood watch in their area should contact one of the South Hilo Community Police officers at (808) 961-8121.


  • Emergency: 911
  • Non Emergency: (808) 935-3311
  • Crime Stoppers: (808) 961-8300
  • Vice/Drug tip hotline: (808) 934-VICE (8423)

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